Mid-Autumn in Singapore

It’s Mid-Autumn Festival time in Singapore. This is the second most important holiday of the Chinese calendar (behind Chinese New Year), and Singapore puts on a pretty impressive show.

Aside from the mooncakes (which aren’t bad, but are apparently a bit overrated, of which more here), the big Mid-Autumn tradition is lanterns. Really big lanterns. And Chinatown is ablaze with them.

For night shooting, you can’t go past a fast lens - and they don’t come much faster than the Nifty Fifty. (There’s always the 50mm f/1.2L, or the 85mm f/1.2L, but I don’t have $2500 to $3500 floating around.) I strapped it on, dialed the camera up to ISO 400, and it worked beautifully at about f/2.0 to f/2.8 all night long.

The photoset is here; the one below is probably the most impressive. (This one’s not so spectacular, but I think it turned out really nicely.)

Bridge on the River Singapore